A Goshen police officer fired his weapon at the end of a car chase at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Allen Perry, 34, Goshen, was injured and taken to Goshen Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

The release was not clear on if the officer's gunfire struck Perry or if he received injuries in some other manner.

"At the termination of the pursuit an incident occurred resulting in an officer firing his duty weapon," the release states.

The chase began at 9:17 p.m. in the area of Lincolnway East and Kercher Road when the driver of a car refused to stop for police, according to the release. The chase then went south on Ind. 15, through New Paris and back to Goshen. 

The chase was mostly a low-speed event, with speeds averaging between 30 and 40 mph, according to the news release. Police credited the low speed to them deploying stop sticks and damaging Perry's car.

At the scene of the end of the chase on West Washington Street just west of Third Street, the smell of burnt rubber from Perry's car was noticeable.

Also noticeable were a large hole and several smaller ones in the passenger side window of Perry's car. Police were also placing evidence tags near items on the ground next to the driver's door.

Police said Perry has two warrants from his arrest in Elkhart County. A new preliminary charge of resisting arrest with a vehicle has been added, according to the release.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Elkhart County Homicide Unit, which investigates all incidents of officers firing their weapons, investigates.

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Roger Schneider is city editor of The Goshen News.